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Chapter Forty-Six

William E. “Bill” Sampson

William Earl Sampson Jr

Revised 13 December 2019 by the author Lawrence E Vaughn Jr

When William E. Sampson was born on November 15, 1919, in Carrington, Round Prairie Township, Callaway County, Missouri, his father, ______ was ___ years old, and his mother, _______________, was ____. He had 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. Jerry Sampson and Earl Sampson, and four sisters, Audrey Dindia, Maxine Ward, Jackie (Erna Dean) Clark, and Mary Frances Sampson in infancy.

Bill died at 1:57 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal. Services were held Friday, June 6, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Anderson officiating. Burial, with full military rites was conducted by Emmette J. Shields Post 55, of The American Legion.

World War II Service

Bill served from 1944 to 1946 in the U.S. Navy as a machinist mate third class, serving aboard an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

In the following collection of photos below, in the top left position is a portrait of Aunt Ruth as I like to remember her. To the right is the front and back of a flirtatious photo she sent to her hubby while he was serving in the U.S. Navy.

In the next row is a family portrait of Ruth, Sharon, and Bill. In the center of the page is Bill’s official Navy photo, and to the right, in front of the trellis, is a four generation photo: from the left is grandmother Rebecca Ann Snider Vaughn holding Sharon Lee Sampson, with Reverend Lemuel Lafayette Vaughn on the right. In the back row is Helen Ruth Vaughn Sampson, and her father, Reverend William Thomas Vaughn.

The bottom row of photos include Helen Ruth Vaughn, age 3, in the middle, top, is Sharon Lee Sampson, age 5, center bottom is a 1919 photo of William Thomas Vaughn holding Helen Ruth. At bottom right is another four generation photo: Sharon Lee, in the arms of her mother, Helen Ruth. In the center is great-grandmother Rebecca Ann Snider Vaughn, and on the right is grandmother, Jessie Beulah Phillips Vaughn.

Helen Ruth Sampson Montage.png

After his military service

In 1947, he began working at Wendt Sonis in Hannibal, and he retired in 1986 as production foreman from Hannibal Carbide Tool. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he had taught the Men’s Sunday School class.

He was a 37-year member of Emmette J. Shields Post 55, The American Legion, and formerly was a member of I.0.0.F. Lodge, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and the V.F.W. He was a charter member and past president of the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, former member and past president of Hannibal High School Booster Club and charter member and past president of Mississippi Valley Gun Club. He graduated from Hannibal High School, with the class of 1938.

He married Helen Ruth Vaughn in Chillicothe, MO, in 1940, and she preceded him in death in 1970. He then married Mary Munger Pestell, and she preceded him in death in 1981. In 1982, he married Dorothea Willis, and she preceded him in death in 1996. In 2000, he married Charlotte Rigg Schoonover, and she preceded him in death in 2001.

Surviving were two daughters, Sharon Lee Sampson (Ron) Walley of Hannibal, and Carol Ann Sampson (Scott) Bridgeman of New London. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Larry Tischer Jr., Dennis ( Julie) Tischer, Mark { Kirst n) Tischer, Suzie (Doug) Cox, all of Hannibal, Valerie Dodd of Kansas City, Darin Joe (Tammy) Bridgeman of Des Moines, Iowa, and M/ Sgt. Scott Bridgeman of Scott Air Force Base; 16 great -grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; and one brother, Edward Lee (Mike) {Mary) Sampson of Hannibal. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jerry Sampson and Earl Sampson, and four sisters, Audrey Dindia, Maxine Ward, Jackie (Erna Dean) Clark, and Mary Frances Sampson in infancy.

BURIAL: Grand View Burial Park
Hannibal, Ralls County, Missouri
PLOT: C-586-4

Rest In Peace

Obituary:

Son of Ruby Myrtle Kemp & William Earl Sampson, husband of 1) Ruth Vaughn and 2) Mary Munger Pestell and 3) Dorothea Willis and 4) Charlotte Rigg Schoonover

William E. (Bill) Sampson, 88, of Hannibal, died at 1:57 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Beth Haven Nursing Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Anderson officiating. Burial with full military rites conducted by Emmette J. Shields Post 55, The American Legion, will be at Grand View Burial Park. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, June 5, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Mr. Sampson was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Carrington to William Earl and Ruby Myrtle Kemp Sampson. He married Ruth Vaughn Sampson in Chillicothe in 1940 and she preceded him in death in 1970. He married Mary Munger Pestell Sampson and she preceded him in death in 1981. In 1982, he married Dorothea Willis Sampson and she preceded him in death in 1996. In 2000, he married Charlotte Rigg Schoonover Sampson and she preceded him in death in 2001.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon (Ron) Walley of Hannibal and Carol (Scott) Bridgeman of New London. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Larry Tischer Jr., Dennis (Julie) Tischer, Mark (Kirstin) Tischer, Suzie (Doug) Cox, all of Hannibal, Valorie Dodd of Kansas City, Darin Joe (Tammy) Bridgeman of Des Moines, Iowa, and M/Sgt. Scott Bridgeman of Scott Air Force Base; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; and one brother, E.L. (Mike) (Mary) Sampson of Hannibal. Also surviving are nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jerry Sampson and Earl Sampson, and four sisters, Audrey Dindia, Maxine Ward, Jackie (Erna Dean) Clark and Mary Frances Sampson in infancy.

Mr. Sampson served from 1944 to 1946 in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a machinist mate third class, serving aboard an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific. In 1947, he began working at Wendt Sonis in Hannibal and he retired in 1986 as production foreman from Hannibal Carbide Tool. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he had taught the Men’s Sunday School class. He was a 37-year member of Emmette J. Shields Post 55, The American Legion, and formerly was a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge, Elk’s Lodge, Moose Lodge and the V.F.W.

He was a charter member and past president of the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, former member and past president of Hannibal High School Booster Club and charter member and past president of Mississippi Valley Gun Club.

He graduated from Hannibal High School, with the class of 1938. He officiated for high school football games for many years. Pallbearers will be Dennis Tischer, Mark Tischer, Darin Joe Bridgeman, Ron Walley, Scott Bridgeman and Doug Cox. Memorials may be made to Northeast Missouri Humane Society or the donor’s choice.

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